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Behind Enemy Lines Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 6, 2002
The filmmakers do their best to distract us, but eventually it becomes hard to ignore that Behind Enemy Lines is one long chase sequence.
December 8, 2001
An old-fashioned game of the cinematic cat-and-mouse, soldier-on-the-run variety.
December 6, 2001
The only thing certain about Behind Enemy Lines is that Mr. Wilson is in it for the chance to work with Mr. Hackman, and Mr. Hackman is in it for the money.
December 3, 2001
A piece of junk.
November 30, 2001
Pro forma stuff, so much so that you start to wonder why no fetching femme resistance fighter materializes to help the Americans on the ground.
November 30, 2001
This baby comes equipped with all the bells and missiles. Given the standard-issue plot, it's about all it can be.
November 30, 2001
The pop-soundtrack bombast of the too-infrequently somber Behind Enemy Lines ... sometimes reduces a mediocre pursuit movie with capable action to 'Rockin' Bosnia.'
November 30, 2001
Directed by first-timer John Moore on the strength of his work on a Sega game ad, which may tell you everything you need to know about its visual sense and narrative nonsense.
November 30, 2001
Put into the context of a real world at war, the movie seems impossibly shallow.
November 30, 2001
'Oh no, what will happen to Tom Cruise!' -- that might have worked. 'Oh no, what will happen to Owen Wilson!' just doesn't cut it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 30, 2001
If you're looking for anything beyond flashy entertainment, Behind Enemy Lines feels out of whack from the start.
November 30, 2001
Has first-rate action and a lot of it.
November 30, 2001
A slickly entertaining war movie that's sometimes striking, sometimes silly -- but never, ever boring.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 30, 2001
Politics bad. Boom boom good.
November 30, 2001
A highly competent, if inflated, action flick that offers us war from every vantage.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 30, 2001
An involving and driving action-packed movie.
November 30, 2001
Its hero is so reckless and its villains so incompetent that it's a showdown between a man begging to be shot, and an enemy that can't hit the side of a Bos-nian barn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 30, 2001
It's no more than recruiting-poster deep.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 29, 2001
Provides about as intense an immersion in military ambience as a Hollywood movie could hope to provide in just over 90 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 29, 2001
A video and commercial maker as well as a military-hardware buff, Moore knows how to mount a visual assault.
November 29, 2001
It sent two of America's most watchable actors -- veteran Gene Hackman and Dallas native Owen Wilson -- to war without a script.
November 29, 2001
A sleek, slick war movie that works as an adrenaline-pumping action ride and as a great recruitment ad for the U.S. Navy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 29, 2001
The premise is familiar and the storyline formulaic, yet the execution is effective enough that it keeps us involved for the running length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 29, 2001
As steel-toed, tin-eared, flat-footed, jingoistic military thrillers go, Behind Enemy Lines marches in formation, clomping down familiar roads.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 29, 2001
Moore, just up from television commercials, relies too heavily on a pastiche of stylistic elements cribbed from others.
November 29, 2001
All those arguments about how desensitizing video games are certainly apply here.
November 29, 2001
An implausible military technology adventure that takes about 10 minutes to get started, then climaxes for an hour-and-a-half.
November 29, 2001
The Bosnian War becomes a video game, Gene Hackman turns into a pseudo-John Wayne, and Owen Wilson and Vladimir Mashkov impersonate The Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 29, 2001
It is loud. It is formulaic. It's also, more often than not, a thumping good time at the movies.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 27, 2001
The exhausting obsession with gizmos and gotchas only accentuates a baffling disinterest in the story's emotional crux.
November 21, 2001
Uncomplicated war movie with straight-ahead, MTV-style action mixed with simplistic politics.